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12 FRIDAY, DECEMBER 3- MONDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2010 NEWS Cape Gazette City likely to pay for removal, repairs By Henry J. Evans Jr. Cherry trees planted about 20 years ago along one side of Beebe Avenue in Lewes will probably have to be removed be- cause roots are damaging the sidewalk. Lewes Mayor Jim Ford said the trees were the topic of discus- sion at a Nov. 22 public hearing. He. said a public hearing is re- quired before Mayor and City Council can address street changes. He said no decision has been reached about whether to keep the trees or replace them with another type of tree. Ford said a decision could be reached at the panel's meeting at 7 p.m., Monday, Dec. 13, at City Hall. He said even though city man- agement is authorized to handle the situation, he thinks it would be best for him and City Council to discuss the matter in public and then make a decision. Around 1992, the trees were planted between the sidewalk and curb. The sidewalk has been ground down to make it level in places where it has heaved, but Ford said this is only a temporary solution. "Whether or not to remove the trees, and who would be respon- sible for the cost of removal and repair of the sidewalk, is what we discussed at the hearing," he said. He said property owners on the street think the city should pay for removal of the trees be- cause the city planted them, and they also think the city should pay for sidewalk repairs. Ford said although City Coun- cil would probably make a deci- sion about ree removal at:the panel's rmxt meeting, they might not !de- cide abbut sidewalk ire- pair. He said basi- cally, he and Jim Ford City Council agree the city should pay for tree removal and sidewalk repair. "We're still working through some details of the overall proj- ect," Ford said. He said removing the trees will affect the appearance of the street. Ford said although fund- ing to remove the trees and re- pair the sidewalk has not been identified, grant money is avail- able to expand the city's tree canopy. "There's also ongoing mainte- nance, and there should also be consideration of what's planted, how it grows and how it impacts the area," Ford said. HENRY J. EVANS JR. PHOTO THE CITY OF LEWES might have to remove about a dozen cherry trees from the west side of Beebe Avenue. Tree roots are causing the sidewalk to heave, making it uneven. Tree branches are also encroaching on Lewes Board of Public Works elec- tric lines. 30366 Cordrey Rd., Millsboro, DE EAST 1 0 1,4 COAST NEW HOURS GARDEN CENTER Mon, - Sat. 8-4:30 Buy Directly From The Grower Sun. 10-4 Holiday Open House You are Invited! Wine Tasting and Hers d'oeuvres [ Saturday, December 4 Time: 5:00 - 7:00 pm The Cordrey Center 30366 Cordrey Rd. Stop by for your Fresh Holiday Greens and Poinsettias! Bring your Camera for a [ H01idayCard Urll & Centerpiece Class Dee. 16 & 21st Photo Opportunity [ We've Appreciated Your Business in. zolo in the Garden Center and look forward to a New Year! 1001174 Eric M Blondin, Agent 18958 Coastal Highway Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971 Bus: 302-227-4663 See why State Farm* insures more drivers than Geico and Progressive combined. Great service, plus discounts of up to 40 percent.* Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there. CALL FOR A QUOTE 24/7. i *Discounts vary by states, i State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company, State Farm Indemnity C0mpany, Bloomington, IL /